Earlier this month, the Food section ran a review of "Burma: Rivers of Flavor," author Naomi Duguid's first solo venture since she and Jeffrey Alford (below) separated. The two wrote six books together in the Far East and won many awards. Both are cooks, writers, and photographers, and told stories of taking their small children to remote areas and feeding them whatever the village women were cooking.
Today, they're working independently. She blogs her adventures here. Alford lives in northeast Thailand, near Cambodia, and is working on "How Pea Cooks: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village."
Here is an excerpt from his blog: "with rain pouring down tonight, we ate grilled catfish (raised by Pea, and now more than a pound in weight), fried scorpions, and cucumbers from the garden (and of course, chile sauce). the catfish live in a small pond in front of the house, and right now they are mating ('boom boom in the water'). they are noisy. and we now have 500 new baby frogs."
On Oct. 25, Alford will be at the University of New Hampshire Durham at 7 p.m. in Richards Auditorium in Murkland Hall. The subject of his lecture is "Eating Leaves: Seeing the World through Food on the Thai-Cambodian Border."
Let's see: Fried scorpions were on the menu he blogged about. I imagine leaves were too at one point. Undoubtedly frogs are next.
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